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THERE ARE SEVEN KINGS ...
November 20, 2012
By: SR Shearer
"There are seven kings: five are fallen, and one
is, and the other is not yet come; and when he
cometh, he must continue a short space.
"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is
the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition."
is not without some unease and apprehension that we present
to you the following material – material that can
only be described as TENTATIVE and SPECULATIVE.
We have assumed this peril to our reputation because
of what appears to us to be this material's considerable
prescience regarding the "end of the age," especially
as it is connected to the acute hostility and enmity that
has developed between the evangelical community (on the
one hand) and the followers of Barack Obama (on the other
hand) – a seething resentment founded to a large
extent on the belief by many evangelicals that the election
of 2012 was stolen from them by Obama and his surrogates.
[We URGE you, if you have not already
done so, to read our article, "The
Election Was Stolen - at Least According to Evangelicals."]
incensed by the "stolen" election of 2012
The tension has been made all the worse by BENGHAZIGATE
– an incident that has brought to a BOIL the conflict
between Obama and his followers (again, on the one hand)
and the CIA and the military (on the other hand). [We
URGE you, again, if you have not already done
so, to read our article, "Obama
Draws First Blood in His War against the CIA and the Generals."]
moves against the generals and the CIA by disgracing
Petraeus and forcing him out of the CIA & military
The material we are presenting to you is connected
to a very mysterious lyric in the Prophetic Scriptures.
We submit it here more as "FOOD FOR THOUGHT" than anything
else. The lyric is found in Revelation 17:10-11:
"There are seven kings: five are fallen, and one
is, and the other is not yet come; and when he
cometh, he must continue a short space.
"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is
the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition."
It is a lyric, the meaning of which I have struggled
with for almost forty years, beginning first while I served
as an intelligence officer in Vietnam; during the many years
since then, I have "accepted" and then "rejected" more than
ten different solutions to the lyric – all of which
failed to materialize and/or just didn't add up.
first head of Scotland Yard
The lyric has to do with the "personhood" of the antiChrist,
and I cannot help but believe the lyric is presented in
the Scriptures more as a kind of "Heads
up – Here Comes the antiChrist" than
anything else. [Please see our article, "Deception:
He Is Near, at the Door ... Here Comes the AntiChrist."]
Indeed, Sir Robert Anderson warns in his book, The
Coming Prince, that the only definitive way in which
the identification of the antiChrist can truly be established
is by bearing in mind that he - i.e., the antiChrist –
will be that one specific leader of Babylon (i.e.,
the United States) who will "cause to prevail" a FORMAL
defense pact between Israel and the United States; a defense
pact that the Lord calls –
"... your [Israel's] COVENANT
WITH DEATH ... and your [Israel's] AGREEMENT
WITH HELL." (Isa. 21:18) [Please see
Part 1 of Chapter IX of the New Antipas Papers,
First Sixty-nine Weeks of Daniel."]
Nonetheless, THERE IT IS:
this mysterious lyric in Revelation 17:10-11; and we would
be remiss not to consider its meaning as the "end of days"
draws near - especially in light of the fact that events
not only in the United States, but in Europe and the Middle
East as well, are now PREGNANT
with tension in relation to the "end of the age" –
tension that simply cannot be contained for much longer.
Do what you will with the information.
It is not without reason that in a recent article, "Prophecy
Comes Full Circle," we emphasized the importance of what
happened on 19 March, 2003
when "Babylon on the Hudson" (America) seized control of the
precincts of ancient Babylon ("Babylon on the Euphrates") and
in doing so united in itself the dreadful prophecies of the
Old Testament with the equally dreadful prophecies of the New
Testament. [We URGE you to see APPENDIX
1; please also see "Part 1 of Chapter XII of the New
Antipas Papers, "In Search of Babylon."]
achieving this victory, the American military awakened
a powerful prophetic imperative that has lain dormant for some
2,000 years – initiating in the process a frightening
course of prophetic events; one that gives evidence as to
just how close mankind is to "THE END." We discover
this imperative in a puzzling lyric in the seventeenth chapter
of the Book of Revelation:
"There are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and
the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue
a short space.
"And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth,
and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition." (Revelation
CASCADE OF PROPHETIC EVENTS
THAT ANTIPAS HAS ANTICIPATED
Examining point #11
- The mortgage meltdown.
- The derivatives crisis.
- The division of the world's population
into a tiny, very wealthy financial elite and the
rest of mankind, most of whom have been (are being)
reduced to a state of abject poverty.
- The development of a CHRISTIAN
- The emergence of an antiChrist figure
who will be very UNLIKE what most
- An antiChrist figure who will seemingly
champion the interests of the nation of Israel.
- The convergence of Christianity's
many different fac-tions into a vast POLITICAL
movement based not on any legitimate form of Christianity,
but on HATE.
- The emergence of an extremely radical
form of Islam that will challenge the interests of
the United States in the Middle East, North Africa
and Central Asia, and that will threaten the existence
of the Jewish state in the Middle East.
- The probable break-up of the European
- An attack by Israel on Iran's nuclear
facilities that will precipitate the final Islamic
radicalization of the Middle East.
- Some kind
of mind-numbing event that will lead to a dictatorial
takeover of the United States by the Religious-Right
in conjunction with America's financial elites and
supported by the American military - an event that
will precipitate the OVERT imposition of police-state
controls on the American population.
- Massive earthquakes
- A worldwide financial collapse
- The breakup of the EU (#9 above)
- An Israeli airstrike on Iran
precipitating the fi-nal radicalization of the
Middle East (#10 above)
- The absorption of the great MASS
of Christians into the APOSTATE church,
which is precisely what happened to Christians in
- The signing of a FORMAL
defense pact between Israel and the United States;
this event will commence the Tribulation Period.
[Please see our article, "Precipitating
a Cascade of Prophetic Events."]
THE GERMAN ENIGMA MACHINE
Parables are puzzles - ciphers. They
must be decoded. But in decoding a cipher, we must stay
within the bounds of Scripture and reason. Parables
are never unreasonable. They do not demand illogical
Very obviously, the Bible is presenting us here
with a puzzle – a riddle that is meant to obscure its
meaning to those against whom its message is directed; from
governments, peoples, and organizations - and
most especially, from the false religious leaders of today's
apostate church, who, if they truly knew what had been written,
would destroy the Scriptures if they could.
[Please see our article, "Luciferic
As it is written:
"Therefore I [Jesus] speak to them in
parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while
hearing they do not hear nor do they understand.
"And in their case the prophecy of Isaiah
is being fulfilled, which says, 'You will keep on hearing,
but will not understand; And you will keep on seeing, but
will not perceive ...' " (Matthew 13: 13-14)
And just how enigmatic this particular riddle
is, is attested to by the way the Bible introduces us to it:
"Here is something
for the mind which hath wisdom." (Revelation 17:9)
BUT, while the purpose of such
puzzles is to obscure the truth from some, at the same time
it reveals truth to others. To most people, such biblical ciphers
will always remain an enigma; but to those who are called
according to His purpose (cf. Romans 8:28, 2 Timothy
1:9), they are puzzles which, with study (2 Tim. 2:15), can
be unraveled. The Bible says:
"And the disciples came and said to Him,
'Why do You speak to them in parables'? And He answered and
said to them, 'To you it has been
granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,
but to them it has not been granted'." (Matthew
"To you it has been granted to know the mysteries
of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been
PERSONS OR NATIONS?
Over the years innumerable attempts have been made to decode
Revelation 17:10-11; these attempts have been largely centered
around the notion that the "seven kings" referenced in the cipher
are not persons, but nations (or empires); but a close examination
of the lyric itself renders such a conclusion absurd.
of the most noteworthy reasons we can dismiss the
belief that the "seven kings" of Revelation 17 are seven
different nations is the fact that the eighth king is referred
to directly as the antiChrist (cf. Revelation
17:19) – and he, very obviously, is a PERSON,
not a nation; to be consistent, then, the "seven kings"
that precede the eighth must also be persons.
reference which links the seven kings as
such to seven mountains (Revelation 17: 9)
evidences the fact that the "seven kings" issue forth
from the same CIVILIZATION (i.e., the Roman –
hence, the "seven hills of Rome"). This
is precisely the point that the great Bible expositor
F.C. Jennings makes regarding Nebuchadnezzar's first dream
image (see below).[Please
see Part 1 of Chapter XII of the New Antipas
Search of Babylon."]
THE ROMAN CIVILIZATION OUT FROM
WHICH THE "SEVEN KINGS" EMANATE
Four great world empires [civilizations] of Gentile origin
are spoken of by the Prophet Daniel - four and only four!
- the ten toes of the image being only the final form
of the last great empire - ROME. There is no interruption
here in the continuity of the fourth great empire and
the imagery used does not picture the death of the fourth
empire and its later resurrection - but it speaks of one
continuous empire up through time from Christ to the present.
Yet, it is commonly assumed by the layman that Rome collapsed
in 476 A.D. - never to rise again. But Roman civilization
itself never collapsed and has continued to this day.
It is what we today call "Western Civilization"
- a term familiar to any college student - and a term
which denotes European Civilization; that is to say, that
civilization which derives it force and origin from Ancient
Rome. Thus, while it is true that the POLITICAL
unity of "the one-world that was Rome's" was
lost in 476 A.D., the civilization of Rome itself has
survived to become the dominant civilization of this planet
- directly holding sway over Western Europe and North
America and holding limited sway over Central and South
America, Africa, and to a lesser extent, even Asia.
In this connection, it is important to note that Western
Civilization is to be differentiated from the native civilizations
of China, Japan, India, Africa, and Central and South
America. These are civilizations of totally different
origins and it is these very civilizations that Western
Civilization has come to dominate to a greater or lesser
degree, directly or indirectly. The science, technology,
literature, law, culture, religion, and languages [especially
English, and to a lesser extent, Spanish and French] of
this great civilization dominate the earth as no prior
civilization has ever done, and all this in spite of the
fact that there has been no political unity within the
confines of this civilization for some 1500 years. The
political unity of this great civilization has remained
profoundly elusive and ethereal - always just out of reach
of those who so ardently sought it - Charlemagne, Louis
XIV, Napoleon, and even Hitler. Each failed in his turn.
AND THIS IS EXACTLY THE CONDITION OF THINGS PROPHESIED
BY DANIEL. Thus, the outline of the history of the
Western World is best understood as a civilization which,
while having lost its political unity in 476 A.D., has
continued as a dynamic, powerful, and culturally unified
civilization to this very day.
This is the view of Dwight Pentecost of Dallas Theological
Seminary. Pentecost writes:
"It would seem best to view this Roman Empire
as a continuous development from its original or initial
form at the time of Christ until its final form at the
second coming of Christ."
Peters echoes the view of Pentecost:
"It may seem a hard saying, but
it is one which the facts fully bear out ... that the
one key to the whole subject [of the history of Western
Civilization] - without which medieval history is simply
an unintelligible chaos - is no other than THE CONTINUED
EXISTENCE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE [in the form of Western
Civilization]. As long as people are taught that the
Empire came to an end in the year 476, a true understanding
of the next one thousand years becomes utterly impossible.
No one can understand either the politics or the literature
of that whole period unless he constantly bears in mind
that in the ideas of the men of those days, the Roman
Empire, the Empire of Augustus, Constantine, and Justinian,
was not a thing of the past, but a thing of the present."
IN THIS CONNECTION, IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND
THAT THE CIVILIZATION FINALLY BEQUEATHED BY ANCIENT ROME
TO THE WESTERN WORLD WAS NOT THE "PAGAN" ROME
OF CICERO, NERO, AND CALIGULA, BUT THE "CHRISTIAN"
ROME OF CONSTANTINE - A ROME THAT INCLUDED AS AN INTEGRAL
PART OF IT AN APOSTATE FORM OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIGURE
OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. The touchstone to Roman
Catholicism was the integration of the Church with the
Roman State. This is the antithesis to all that the Church
was meant to be - a HEAVENLY reality, not something
of the earth, and most especially, not something of GENTILE
Rome. The basis of all evangelical theology, on the other
hand, is the rejection of Roman Catholicism's synthesis
of the Church with the GENTILE State. [We URGE
you to see our article, "The
Coming Collapse of Europe" for a discussion regarding
the relationship between the United States and Europe;
please also see APPENDIX 1,
"In Search of Babylon."]
Thus, we can without much fear of contradiction dismiss
the possibility that these "seven kings" as
such refer to seven nations; we are then left with
the thought that the riddle is referencing different PERSONS
– i.e., seven rulers who appear in succession to one another
as world-rulers in the "Latter Days" – AND IN THE "LATTER
DAYS" THE ONLY RULERS THAT COUNT ARE U.S. PRESIDENTS, THE
"KINGS" OVER MODERN BABYLON. [Again, we URGE
you to see APPENDIX 1."]
Despite all the hoopla
regarding the so-called "withdrawal" of U.S. forces from
Iraq, the U.S. continues to maintain a huge mercenary
presence in the country controlled by the U.S. embassy,
an embassy which is America's largest embassy not only
in the area, but in the world - a massive fortress comparable
to the ancient Templar fortress at Krak des Chevaliers
by which the Templars controlled the Middle East in the
early part of the last Millennium.
The Templars of 1,000 years ago
and the Templars of today: American soldiers in the Middle
East - both equally dedicated to bringing in the Kingdom
of God through BRUTAL armed conflict.
US officials, wary of a backlash regarding
America's continued entrée to these Iraqi bases, reported
that they were merely looking at developing a continued
military relationship with the Iraqi Government that will
involve long-term "access" to America's old military bases
rather than a permanent operational presence. The four
bases they are interested in are said to be -
- the former Saddam International Airport,
- the Tallil air base near Nasiriyah
in the south,
- the air base known as H-1 in the western
- the Bashur airfield in northern Iraq.
H-1 is where special forces teams are currently based;
it sits strategically on the route of the oil pipeline
The very reason that we can conclude that these "kings"
are persons and not nations is the very reason that we
can identify these "kings" as "KINGS
OVER BABYLON." Why? – because, according
to the Scriptures, that is precisely who the antiChrist
is: THE KING OF BABYLON.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SIXTH KING IN ESTABLISHING
It's with all this in mind that we can begin
to grasp the importance of 19 March
2003 – the day when the Babylon of the Old
Testament was subsumed by the Babylon of the New Testament (i.e.,
the United States). [Again, please see our article, "Prophecy
Comes Full Circle."]
Time-wise, then, it's exactly here - 19
March 2003 - that we must place ourselves regarding
the Apostle John's vision – an event that falls under
the purview of President George Bush II. The
vision of the "seven kings" (cf. Rev. 17:10-11), therefore,
must be seen from the perspective of the presidency of Bush
II (the sixth king).
BUSH II – THE SIXTH KING
We are left, then, with the following succession:
ALL FIVE OF THESE PRESIDENTS WERE ALIVE ON 19
MARCH 2003, THE DATE WHEN THE U.S. TOOK CONTROL
OF ANCIENT BABYLON - LENDING A SURREALISTIC CREDENCE
TO THE LYRIC WHICH SAYS, "FIVE ARE FALLEN" - NOT DEAD,
BUT "FALLEN" - i.e., NO LONGER IN POWER
Then there is the sixth president – the president when
the Babylon of the Old Testament was linked to the Babylon of
the New Testament.
We then come to the seventh president who – according
to the lyric – "... must continue a short space
..." (i.e., he will somehow or other be removed from office,
probably by a military coup d'etat)
Finally, the lyric says: "And the beast that was, and is
not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into
If that's the case, then the next president – regardless
of whether or not his ascension to the presidency is legitimate
or not (i.e., the result of a military coup) IS
the antiChrist, and we are left to
somberly contemplate that time may have run out for us.
[We URGE you to see our article, "An
American Coup d'Etat."]
STANDING ON THE EDGE OF AN ABYSS
If all this is true, then - clearly
- we are standing at the edge of a vast, menacing abyss where
prophecy is transforming itself from a dream into reality, and
where the ethereal is taking on physicality – and this
stunning reality is attested to by more than the words of this
particular passage of Scripture.
We stand today at the edge
of a vast, menacing abyss where prophecy transforms
itself from a dream into reality.
Take, for instance, the grotesque pressure that is presently
building up in the Middle East, pressure that cannot help but
eventually result in an explosion – lending a fearful
credence to the words of the prophet, Zechariah:
a cup of trembling
"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all
the people round about ...
"And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone
for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be
cut in pieces ..." (Zechariah 12:2-3)
For example, it doesn't take a rocket-scientist to measure
the extreme tension that exists today between Iran and Israel
regarding Iran's drive to acquire nuclear weapons; a tension
that – in the end – will most likely be shattered
by an Israeli air attack on Iran's nuclear facilities; an attack
that will no doubt catalyze the final radicalization (Islamization)
of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa, which
in turn will set the stage for the Gog / Magog War. [Please
see our article, "Precipitating
a Cascade of Prophetic Events."]
She cannot be certain of the exact time when she will give birth, but it seems that she cannot possibly retain the child much longer in her body, but still nothing happens; she just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
The strain caused by this tension both in the Middle East and
throughout the world is like the stress that presses in on a
pregnant woman who is, with each passing day, drawing ever closer
to her birth pangs; she cannot be certain of the exact
time when she will give birth, but it seems that she cannot
possibly retain the child much longer in her body; still nothing
happens; she just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
This is the kind of tension that Paul was talking about when
he compared the strain the world would be living under as THAT
DAY draws ever nearer; a day -
"... when they shall say, Peace and safety [i.e., when the
woman irrationally begins to believe the child
will never come and per chance she will be spared the
pain of child birth]; then sudden destruction cometh upon
them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they
shall not escape." (1 Thess. 5:3)
As travail upon a woman with child
FEAR CAN BE A GOOD THING
can be a good thing.
This is serious "stuff," and it no doubt will make most people
draw back in FEAR; but in this case, FEAR can
be a good thing because it concentrates our minds and gets us
off our fannies; indeed, the Bible says that this kind of FEAR
"... the beginning of wisdom ..." (Proverbs 1:7a)
But if we fail to be instructed by this FEAR, the Bible
tells us that we are "FOOLS:"
"But fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Proverbs 1:7b)
REGARDING A COUP D'ETAT
IMPOSITION OF A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP
EVANGELICAL PARTICIPATION IN A COUP
The possibility of Christian participation in a military coup
d'etat directed against Obama has not materialized out of
thin air; it has resulted from the intense HATRED
of evangelicals toward those whom they believe have stolen the
country from them. [We URGE you to see our article,
"The Religious Right: Hungering
Together with the Financial Elites for a Pearl Harbor-Type Event."]
Clearly, they have forgotten the words of Christ:
"My kingdom is NOT of this world: if my kingdom
were of this world, then would my servants fight ... but ...
my kingdom [comes] not from hence." (John 18:36)
An American coup d'etat
Moreover, the fact that evangelicals could embrace religious
groups that are absolutely NOT Christian –
as they did during the last election when they supported Romney
for president for the IDIOSYNCRATIC REASON OF "SAVING AMERICA
FOR CHRIST AND THE CHURCH" – evidences the blindness
that has overtaken them. [Please see our article, "Christianity
in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State;
also, please see our article, "The
Third World as a Model for the New World Order System."]
Very obviously, they have failed to remember the words of
the Apostle Paul concerning such alliances:
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for
what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and
what communion hath light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14)
Be ye not unequally yoked together with
[We URGE you to see our article,
"The Evangelicals and the Mormon Church:
Uniting Christ with Belial."]
And make no mistake about it – this blindness reached
into the highest precincts of the evangelical church, culminating
in the endorsement of Romney for President by Billy Graham;
the endorsement came during a 30 minute sit-down in Montreat,
North Carolina, when Graham said,
"I'll do all I can to help you [meaning Romney].
And you can quote me on that."
Graham went on to say:
"I will turn 94 the day after the upcoming election,
and I believe America is at a crossroads. I hope millions
of Americans will join me in praying for our nation and to
vote for candidates who will support the biblical definition
of marriage, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious
Shortly thereafter, the Billy Graham Association removed its
reference to MORMONISM as a cult on its website.
THE FAILURE OF EVANGELICALS TO DISTINGUISH
The failure evangelicals to any longer differentiate between
the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of this World has led to
a blindness that has made FOOLS out of all of
them. [Please see our article, "Christianity
in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State;"
please also see, "Going outside
Well did Jesus say of them,
"They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead
the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matthew 15:14)
"They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matthew 15:14)
Evangelicals refuse to come to grips with the apostasy that
has taken hold of the church. They refuse to abandon the church
they love so well; BUT THAT CHURCH
NO LONGER EXISTS, and the very real fact of the matter
is, trying to fight the misdirection and even heresy in today's
evangelical church while remaining a part of it is an
impossible task. [Please see our article, "Luciferic
It isn't that there are not countless
numbers of godly men and women who are still part of this church
and who fervently love the Lord and who are honestly seeking
to do His will; it's just that they are a part of
an institution that is, unfortunately, going in the wrong direction,
and there is nothing they can do - other than tampering with
odds and ends on the periphery - to change that.
It's like someone who is walking west towards New York on a
ship that is sailing east towards London and who thinks that
by doing so he can with much effort at last reach New York.
Trying to fight the misdirection of the church
while remaining a part of it is an impossible task.
It's like someone who is walking west towards New York
on a ship that is sailing east towards London and who
thinks that by doing so he can with much effort at last
reach New York.
It's not without reason that the Bible says:
"... A little leaven leaveneth the WHOLE lump
..." (Galatians 5:9) [Please see our important article, "A
Little Leaven Leavens the Whole Lump."]
THE QUESTION, HOWEVER,
IS WHAT WILL YOU DO?
The question in all of this now is, What will YOU
do? Will you prove yourself to be a true disciple of Christ?
Are YOU willing to
take the Prophetic Scriptures seriously? OR, will
YOU prove yourself
to be nothing more than a SALON RADICAL? - an"ARMCHAIR
That's what most evangelicals are: "ARMCHAIR RADICALS"
– people who will call furtive meetings in their homes
to discuss on a "rational" basis whether or not the United States
is really BABYLON THE GREAT; people who think that God
will "whisper in their ears" when it's time to do
something really radical - as if they could hear God whispering
in their ears when they can't hear God shouting at them now.
It is exactly upon such people that the Scriptures say the
"end" will come -
"... SUDDENLY as a thief in the night."
(2 Peter 2:10)
Evangelicals today are running the very grave risk of being
dismissed PERMANENTLY from the Lord's service
and consigned to a place where they will be "weeping and
gnashing of teeth." (cf. Matthew 22:13, Matthew
25:30 and Luke 13:28)
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near employment offices, wherever you can.
Once again, we URGE you to read (or
IN SEARCH OF BABYLON
ancient city of Babylon grew in size and importance from
the days of Nimrod (Gen. 10:10) until it reached its greatest
glory in the reign of Nebuchadnezzar (B.C. 604-562). As
described by Herodotus, it was an exact square of some
15 miles on a side, or 60 miles around, and was surrounded
by a brick wall 87 feet thick and 350 feet high, though
probably that is a mistake, 100 feet being nearer the
height. On the wall were 250 towers, and the top of the
wall was wide enough to allow six chariots to drive abreast.
Outside the wall was a vast moat surrounding the city,
kept filled with water from the river Euphrates; and inside
the wall, and not far from it, was another wall extending
around the city.
Twenty-five magnificent avenues, 150 feet wide, ran across
the city from north to south, and the same number crossed
them at right angles from east to west, making 676 great
squares, each nearly 3/5 of a mile on a side. The city
was divided into two equal parts by the river Euphrates,
that flowed diagonally through it, and whose banks within
the city were walled up and pierced with brazen gates
with steps leading down to the river. At the ends of the
main avenues, on each side of the city, were gates, whose
leaves of brass shone as they opened or closed in the
rising or setting sun like "leaves of flame."
The Euphrates within the city was spanned by a bridge,
at each side of which was a palace, and these palaces
were connected by a subterranean passageway underneath
the bed of the river, in which at different points were
located sumptuous banqueting rooms constructed entirely
of brass. Near one of these palaces stood the "Tower
of Bel" or Babel, consisting of eight towers, each
75 feet high, rising one upon the other, with an outside
winding stairway to its summit, which towers with the
chapel on the top, made a height of 660 feet. The chapel
itself, which was lavishly furnished, could be reckoned
in today's dollars as approaching $1,000,000,000.00.
The "Hanging Gardens" of Babylon were renowned
as one of the wonders of the Ancient World. These gardens
were 400 feet square and were raised in terraces one above
the other to a height of 350 feet. The topmost terrace was
reached by staircases 19 feet wide. The top of each terrace
was covered with large stones, on which was laid a bed of
rushes, then a thick layer of asphalt, next, two courses
of bricks cemented together, and finally, plates of lead
to prevent leakage; it was then covered with earth and planted
with shrubbery and large trees. The whole had the appearance
from a distance of a forest covered mountain which was a
very remarkable sight in the level plain of the Euphrates.
Babylon was probably the most magnificent city the world
has ever seen; "poor" Jerusalem was but a small,
provincial and tacky village in comparison! Babylon the
Great - that "Great City" (Rev. 18:2); Jerusalem,
the "Holy City," (Rev. 21:10) - "small
and compact" (Psalm 122:3).
BABYLON: A MYSTERY WRAPPED IN AN ENIGMA
And what about Prophetic Babylon? It will, of course,
be every bit as magnificent!
Before we set out on our hunt for this great city, however,
let's deal with one of the biggest stumbling blocks to
any search: the thought that "Prophetic Babylon"
has anything at all to do with the ancient city, or that
the verses which deal with this prophecy (i.e., Revelation
17 and 18; Isaiah chapters 13 and 14, and Jeremiah chapters
50 and 51) were fulfilled when Cyrus took Babylon in B.C.
As strange as it might seem, there are some who insist
that the prophecies concerning "Babylon" (again
- Revelation 17 and 18, Isaiah chapters 13 and 14, and
Jeremiah chapters 50 and 51) were fulfilled when the Medo-Persians
captured Babylon in 541 B.C. - and that these verses have,
therefore, nothing to do with events yet future. But there
is too much in these chapters which were not accomplished
when Cyrus took the ancient city of Babylon. For example,
both the prophecies of Jeremiah and Isaiah, like those
of the Revelation, indicate that Babylon [Prophetic Babylon]
is to be destroyed suddenly and catastrophically - "in
one short hour," NEVER TO BE INHABITED AGAIN!!
But when Cyrus took the city in B.C. 541, he took it so
quietly and with such little commotion that some of the
inhabitants did not know until the third day that Belshazzar
had been slain and the city taken.
Some years later, it revolted against Darius Hystaspis,
and in B.C. 478 Xerxes took the city and plundered it.
But he did not destroy it. In B.C. 331, Alexander the
Great prepared to lay siege to the once again thriving
and powerful city, but the citizens threw open the gates
and received him with acclamation. During the subsequent
wars of his generals, Babylon suffered much and was finally
brought under the power of Seleucis. In B.C. 293 Seleucis
founded Seleucia in the neighborhood of Babylon, and the
rival city gradually drew off a large portion of Babylon's
inhabitants so that by A.D. 15, Strabo spoke of the city
as being largely deserted.
Nevertheless, there still existed within the city a large
Jewish population left over from the "Captivity."
Indeed, we find that the Apostle Peter wrote his First
Epistle from Babylon in A.D. 60 (I Peter 5:13). About
the middle of the Fifth Century, Theodoret spoke of Babylon
as being inhabited only by Jews who still had three Jewish
schools or "Yeshivas" there. In the last year
of the same century, the Talmud was issued from Babylon
and accepted as authoritative by Jews throughout the world.
In A.D. 917 Ibu Hankel mentioned Babylon as still being
in existence, and by A.D. 1100 it had again grown into
a city of some importance. Shortly afterwards, it was
enlarged, fortified and renamed "Hillah." In
1898, Hillah contained about 10,000 inhabitants and was
surrounded by fertile lands and beautiful groves which
stretched along the Euphrates River.
During this entire period (B.C. 541 - A.D. 2011) it could
never be said that "neither shall the Arabian pitch
tent there, neither shall shepherds make their fold there"
(Isa. 13:20). Nor could it be said of Babylon - "Her
cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness,
a land WHEREIN NO MAN DWELLETH, neither doeth any
son of man pass thereby." (Jer. 51:43). Nor could
it be said, "... and they shall not take of thee
a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations, but
thou shalt be desolate forever, saith the Lord" (Jer.
51:26), for many towns and cities have been built from
the ruins of Babylon - Seleucia by the Greeks, Ctesiphone
by the Parthians, Al Maiden by the Persians, and Kufa
by the Caliphs. Indeed, in Baghdad today (the capital
of modern Iraq) Babylonian stamped bricks may be frequently
But Isaiah is still more specific, for he locates the
time when his prophecy will be fulfilled. He calls it
the "DAY OF THE LORD" (Isa. 13:9) - that
is to say, at the end of the "Great Tribulation."
Moreover, he says that when Babylon is destroyed, "The
stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not
give their light; the sun shall be darkened in his going
forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine"
(Isa. 13:19; see also Luke 21:25-27). Surely nothing like
this happened when Cyrus took Babylon in B.C. 541.
In the description of the destruction of the city of
Babylon given in Revelation 18, we are told that Babylon's
destruction will be accomplished in "ONE HOUR"
(verse 19). Again - this is certainly not the description
of events which surrounded Cyrus's taking of the city.
In addition, we are told in the same chapter that she
is to be destroyed by fire (Rev. 18:8-9, 18) and this
is in exact harmony with the words of Isaiah 13:19 and
Jeremiah 50:40. Moreover, in Revelation 16:17-19, we are
told that an earthquake will shake the city at the time
of its destruction. No such earthquake ever shook the
city when Cyrus took it in B.C. 541.
Obviously, then, the Babylon that is described in Isaiah
13 and 14, Jeremiah 50 and 51 and in the Revelation is
not the ancient city of Babylon, but some great "latter-day"
nation which by means of its enormous military and economic
might will establish its ascendancy over the world.
THE DESCRIPTION OF
BABYLON AS THE "YOUNGER HORN"
Eighty years ago, the European nations controlled through
their system of colonies almost one-half of the land surface
of the globe! And while today they have lost their colonial
empires, the civilization they introduced to these areas
still survives and in many instances is thriving and prospering
more than in the original "mother countries"
(e.g., Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc.).
The Beast of Daniel (Chapter 7) is thus represented by
a body - which stands for the full extent of Western Civilization
- and the head with ten horns - which stand for those
countries of Europe chiefly responsible for carrying this
civilization to the world – namely, Britain, France
Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Germany,
Denmark and Sweden.
Now, something new is added to the picture of the Beast
which represents the final form of the fourth great GENTILE
world power - AN ELEVENTH HORN!!! Pentecost writes:
"From among these ten kingdoms there will arise
... [another which] will have control over the whole
In other words, there shall arise an eleventh nation
out from the original ten (an offspring of the ten) which
will grow up and eventually dominate the whole of Western
Civilization. And it is out from this eleventh nation
that the Antichrist shall come [please see Daniel 7].
This eleventh horn [nation] is described as little or
younger. The Hebrew word translated here as little means
hindermost or that which comes after and conveys the thought
of youth or younger as in the term, little girl. (Daniel
7:8 and 24). It is thus to be understood that this eleventh
horn is one of those nations colonized by the original
ten. This horn is described as more stout or much stronger
than the original [first] ten (Dan. 7:20).
We ask the reader now, which nation could this possibly
be? Brazil? Argentina? Canada? Mexico? Australia? But, come
now, let's reason further. Some years ago, S. Franklyn Logsdon
Frank Logsdon (1907-1987) was a Baptist preacher,
popular author and Bible conference speaker; Logsdon
pastored Moody Memorial Church of Chicago.
"Man seems to have a special delight and a strong
aptitude for the use of nicknames and symbolical terms.
The 'Bambino' would of course be the home run swatting
Babe Ruth, with the 'Hammer,' Henry Aaron, the current
champion in that category ... Everyone conversant with
boxing would recognize the 'Brown Bomber' as Joe Lewis
... . So also with the Scripture. Prophetic entities,
not specifically named in the Bible, may be identified
by representations or by descriptions [such as the "Olive
Tree" for Israel and the "Lampstand"
for the Church] ... The chief reason why many nations
of today are not mentioned by name in the Scripture
is simply and obviously because ... [they] were not
in existence in Bible days. The [human] writer did not
know the ethnic names. We must, therefore, search for
designations or names or both, which in a convincing
manner are applicable [to the world situation of today].
By description, we can identify people, places, and
things. Thus, it should not be impossible, or even difficult
to identify nations in this manner."
DESCRIPTION OF CIVIL BABYLON
The Bible describes Prophetic Babylon - the eleventh
horn (i.e., the "younger" horn) - as follows
[and here we only use descriptions of Prophetic Babylon
that are generally recognized as such by "mainline"
- She dwells in the midst of many waters - she is protected
by the waters [or oceans] which surround her [literally,
she is said to dwell "in the heart of the seas"
- Pember, Earth's Earliest Ages, pg. 46). Indeed,
Antichrist is pictured by Ezekiel as exulting in the
strength of his sea-girt nation, and likening himself,
in proud reliance upon his inaccessible dwelling, to
the God that sitteth above the heavens [Ezekiel 28:1-2;
- Her People are a mingled people - that is to say,
a "melting pot." (Jeremiah 50:37).
- She evidently has never known the heel of a conqueror
and is exceedingly powerful militarily (Revelation 18:4-5
- implied, Jer. 50:23).
- The nations of the earth are dominated by her (Rev.
18:9); she is an arrogant, proud, and haughty nation
- She is the greatest economic power in the world,
a power so great that the nations of the earth are able
to grow rich if they can trade with her or are allowed
access to her domestic markets in which to sell their
goods (Revelation 18:3, 11, 12).
- By means of her economic power [covetousness] she
controls the world; gluttony reigns as the people (or
the elites which control this nation) live sumptuously
[but want more - their appetite never satisfied], while
many in the world starve (Jeremiah 50:38; 51:12-13).
- The nations of the earth must trade with her by sea
(a confirmation of #1 above - Revelation 18:19, 23).
- The people of Babylon are exceedingly materialistic
and are madly in love with their worldly possessions
which have become their idols (Jeremiah 50:38); her
tastes are extravagant (Rev. 18:14); she is a nation
of great material attainments; and her achievements
in the "fine arts" [i.e., music, dance, literature,
films, etc.] are renowned throughout the world and copied
everywhere (implied - Rev. 18:22; Jer. 51:53).
- Babylon is described as a vast latter-day nation,
not as a single city (Jer. 50-51). In fact, she is a
nation of MANY influential cities (Rev. 18:18).
In this connection, it is necessary to note that we
are here talking not of a mere city to be rebuilt on
the site of Ancient Babylon; such a concept is in conflict
with Isa. 13:19-22 - please see the note on page 1347
of the Scofield Reference Bible.
- Babylon is described as a nation which at one time
was a God-fearing nation [a "Golden Cup" in
the Lord's hand], but a nation which left God and fell
into degradation and then which intoxicated the rest
of the world with her iniquity. (Jer. 51:7).
- Finally, she is a nation that "has reached for
the stars [heavens]" - i.e., space (Jer. 51:53).
Now, we ask the reader to put all emotion and feelings
aside, and to decide the following question in light of
the cold, hard, SCRIPTURAL facts: which nation
are we talking about here? We want to emphasize that what
has been presented is nothing new. It's just that evangelicals
refuse to come to grips with the truth of the prophetic
One additional description should be noted: prophetic
Babylon is also described as a nation which shall pose
as Israel's chief ally and protector in the "latter
days" [Please see Daniel and the Latter Days by
Robert Duncan Culver, Chapter 4; please also see Daniel
7]. We ask the reader to name the nation today which is
Israel's chief and only ally, that one nation more than
any other nation which poses as Israel's defender - be
honest, which nation is this?
BABYLON AND THE TEN
Evangelicals have in the past contended that Antichrist
would secure world dominion as king of the Ten Confederated
Kingdoms (evidently a group of Western European states
- though it's anyone's guess as to which states these
might be, and it's probably not all that important to
single the specific states out - after all, what the Bible
has in mind here is Western Europe taken as a whole).
But the Scripture in no place identifies the Antichrist
as the king of these nations. While the Bible does indicate
that he will dominate them, it does not say that he will
rule directly over them, but that he will be an ELEVENTH
KING OF AN ELEVENTH NATION (see Daniel 7:24). [In
this connection it is interesting to note that the number
"eleven" is the number of apostasy.]
Moreover, in Daniel chapter seven, concerning the Ten
Confederated Kingdoms [the ten horns of the fourth wild
beast - verses 7 and 8], the Antichrist is described not
as one of the "ten kings," but as an eleventh
king of an eleventh nation, a nation independent of, and
different from the original ten, a nation, however, which
evidently derives its heritage from the original ten nations.
Is there any doubt that the United States has derived
its heritage, its culture, and over 80% of its people
from Europe? Can there really be any doubt as to the identity
of this great latter-day nation? - are we not speaking
here of the United States of America?
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